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Ceturtdiena 21.09.2017 | Name days: Matīss, Modris, Mariss

Weather in Latvia to be particularly rainy this week

Wide precipitation zones are expected to cross Latvia from the south in the coming days, bringing clouds and rain to most of the country. The volume of precipitation in some areas may reach 15-20 mm, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Small wages – one of the main reasons for emigration

Small wages and inability to find work are two of the main reasons why Latvian residents decide to emigrate to other countries, according to results of a study performed by SKDS and Latvian Alternative Financial Services Association.

Average consumer price level in Latvia increases 3.1%

Compared to August 2016 the average level of consumer prices increased by 3.1 % in August 2017. Prices of goods grew by 3.0 % and prices of services by 3.2 %.

Lidl project developer meets with Purvciems residents’ representatives

Following an initiative from Riga City Council Housing and Environment Committee leader Vjaceslavs Stepanenko, a meeting was held Thursday, 7 September, between representatives of Purvciems residents and Lidl project developer to search for a compromise solution for chopping down trees at Dzelzavas iela 75 b.

Air temperature to reach +20° C in Latvia at the end of the week

Latvia will remain under influence of an active cyclone this week. The cyclone will bring volatile weather – dry and rainy days are expected, as reported by Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Foreign Affairs Ministry: EU cannot afford to turn away from what it has accomplished

«It is important to stay true to the course and maintain what has been accomplished in EU integration processes,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica at the Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland.

Bordans: the war between the people and oligarchs will end if UGF ceases to exist

There is a war going between the people and oligarchs. It will end with the Union of Greens and Farmers falling apart, believes New Conservative Party’s leader, Riga City Council opposition deputy Janis Bordans.

VAT to be reduced for fruits and vegetables characteristic for Latvia

Parties of the ruling coalition agreed to support Agriculture Ministry’s proposal to reduce VAT from 25% to 5% for fruits, vegetables and berries characteristic for Latvia.

Administrative Violations Code’s standards proposed to be added to Labour Law

The proposal to include standards of the Administrative Violations Code to the Labour Law is conceptually supported by authorities in Latvia.

Latvia’s Naval Forces participate in Northern Coasts 2017 exercises

From 8th to 21st September annual military exercises Northern Coasts 2017 will be taking place in Swedish and Danish territorial waters. Ships and their crews will practice cooperation in restricting and shallow waters by plying out different scenarios.

Puce: four million allocated to ‘cemetery tram’ project without document assessment

At a meeting of Riga City Council Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee, the ruling coalition decided to allocate EUR 4 million to Rīgas satiksme’s ‘cemetery tram’ project without first performing an economic and financial assessment of the project, says chairman of joint Latvian Association of Regions/For Latvia’s Development faction Juris Puce.

FCMC: amount of contributions to 3rd level pension plans reaches new record

Residents’ interest for pension savings remains high. The volume of contributions to private pension plans in the first six months of 2017 reached a new historic maximum, as reported by representatives of the Finance Capital and Market Commission.

Jurass: railway electrification is one of the biggest crimes being planned

The railway electrification project in development by LDz is potentially lethal for Latvia’s national economy, says former head of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s Operative Investigations Office Juris Jurass, adding that it may be one of the biggest crimes currently being planned in the country.

Funding for demographic measures may be found by freezing Liepaja prison project

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola propose freezing Liepaja prison project and diverting this project’s funding for measures intended to resolve demographic problems.

Pumping stations and protective dams to help reduce flood risks in Auce River

Agriculture Ministry’s Real Estate has commenced three projects in Jelgava’s Livberze County to help reduce flood risks in countryside territories – reconstruction of Auce polder pumping station and Varpa polder pumping station, and restoration of Rudula polder D-1 dam.

SRS to provide support for taxpayers impacted by floods

Latvia’s State Revenue Service invites farmers in Latgale, Zemgale and Vidzeme who suffered losses because of damages caused by floods this summer to turn to SRS and use available state support.